|I wish that I loved making string blocks, but not yet. I don't dislike making them as I did at first, but they aren't my favorites to make yet. These are my first 16 3 inch finished purple blocks for Orca bay, so I guess that I finally made up my mind and turquoise blues will be my main color. I feel kind of left out when people talk about how fast they are to make, it seems like I spend a lot of time trying to find a string long enough, or short enough, or thin enough or fat enough. Only 56 left to go. They are kind of cute though. |
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
|Step one is done. I got it mixed up in mind somehow and was thinking at the end that I needed 244 instead of 224, so I ended up with 251 as I wanted a few extra. Oh well, I'll use them somewhere, maybe on the back. I still haven't decided on whether to use blues, mostly turquoise, or purple for my main color, I like them both and have mentioned before how wishy-washy I am. I'm not having a big Thanksgiving at my house, but I am having everyone over Friday for a ham dinner, and my DD is moving this week, so it's a busy time. I'm hoping after that is over and I do step 2 (which I'm hoping will be one of the smaller steps) to get my monster Iowa (Carolina) Christmas basted and quilted and on my bed. I'd love to use it this Christmas, it's about time. I've decided to not add the border, as it is already huge, and to use the border blocks for something else. I'll make sure they don't go to waste. |
I've kind of gotten attached to the crazy lady concept, I may call my quilt "Orca Bay Crazy Lady", lol.
PS As I was working on these I kept picturing in my mind the Alaska gold rush. I could see the turquoise water, the purple and orange sunset, the black and white orca's, and an eccentric, maybe even homeless, "crazy lady" wandering the town (I don't know if there was a town, but in my fantasy there was). In real life, I don't think I'm really a "crazy lady", but I guess that any of us could be if life wasn't kind, so I am going to call this "Orca Bay Crazy Lady", and I guess that it is dedicated to those who really are eccentric, who have had less fortunate lives. I mean no disrespect in this, and I hope no one takes it as such. I have worked in the city and seen ladies walking the streets and talking to themselves and in no way do I think myself superior, just more fortunate.
There's my deep thought for the week.
If anyone feels that I have been disrespectful please let me know and I will change the name. At first when I posted about the "crazy lady" I was just thinking about myself and my crazy colors, but quilting gives you time to think and my fantasy evolved.
Monday, November 21, 2011
|113 down and 111 left to go if my math is correct. WooHoo, I'm over half way there. I was looking at all the pretty combinations on Bonnie's Linky, and have decided that I'm the Orca Bay crazy lady. My colors are surely the wildest of the bunch, orange, black, purple and blue, and my scrappy is among the scrappiest. Last mystery I went with Bonnie's colors, and I love my Roll Roll Cotton Boll, but this year I'm definitely out of the box, lol. I haven't seen an ugly Bonnie quilt, and so I have confidence. |
If you want to see more progress go to Bonnie's Linky here.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
|I don't belong to Facebook, but DH does, and so I joined a group called "A Quilt Block A day" under his account. The block of the day is hour glasses, and since I'm doing Bonnie's new mystery and the first step has "a few" hour glasses I thought this will be good, I'll use them for both. I guess that hour glass blocks were on my mind, as I looked at this little strip twist (also one of Bonnie's patterns, except for the corners which I changed up a bit) and thought my goodness another type of hour glass block.|
Friday, November 18, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I had a suggestion from a kind lady at Quiltvillechat to use cream instead of black for the neutral as it would give the eye a place to rest. (I had already considered that, but the suggestion sent me to my camera) Now I've got four choices, and I haven't even tried "green" instead of blue, which was another thought. I can drive myself crazy. This is an edit to an edit, I originally started out with only one photo.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
|This is my new office area, and it backs up to my sewing cabinet and Bernina 1130. The cabinet also hides lots of black spaghetti wires.|
|The closet is on the left, and the laundry on the right.|
|The funny shaped conglomerate of tables, two wooden oak typing tables of the same vintage as my desk, and the two folding plastic tables are where my Juki lives, and where I quilt. Leah Day recommends this configuration, but that it be against a wall. I don't have a wall, but hope that it will still work out ok. My Janome Platinum is between the Juki and the cutting/ironing table. It used to be in the family room, and hasn't moved. I have four machines in here, the Juki for quilting, Bernina for piecing, embroidery machine, and my Platinum, I think that I'm pretty well set up as far as machines go. I also have a featherweight on top of the bookcase. It works, but I don't use it as of yet.|
|Another view from the dining room door. I do have more floor space in here.|
|Looking into my new work area. It also holds much of my stash. It was a quick move, and I'm not well organized as far as areas. My desk area is mixed with my stash area, my embroidery area isn't very close to my threads, etc.|
|View toward the dining room door. The cabinet by the door was already there and I kept it and my DH's bookcase. He got my bookcase, cabinet and TV. The quilt rack is new and holds my Roll Roll Cotton Boll, and my Christmas Unstrip Road|
|I made this double hourglass block this morning, the only sewing that I've done in a week or so. It's from 'A quilt block a day' from facebook. This particular version is from Cluck Cluck Sew.|
|I didn't use the home made template that she recommended though. I used this as recommended by Amy and Bonnie. I made this sample block with 2 1/2 inch strips and the block ended up 8 inches finished 8 1/2 inches now.|
|As an after thought I remembered the inside of my closet.|
|The batting, quilt top, king sized flannel sheet, and the container they are sitting on are going to be my Iowa (Carolina) Christmas. Hopefully, I will get to it soon I think it's time that it was on my bed and not "closet clutter". I made the top when it was a mystery, but now it's in Bonnie's "Scraps and Shirttails II". Here is a picture of it without the borders, which are in the container above. It's huge.|
|Looking to the right of the closet. The closet is about 3 by 7 feet.|
|Looking to the left of the closet. That's the tour. If you are still with me, I hope that your eyes haven't glazed over.|